Mumbai: Locals save woman from being sexually assaulted at knifepoint

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 21:39 IST

A 40-year-old man threatened a housewife at knifepoint on Monday evening in Oshiwara, and took her to a shop nearby, where he allegedly tried to sexually assault her. As the woman started screaming for help, local residents rushed to her rescue. The Oshiwara police later caught the man from the area, said a police officer.

According to the police, the woman lives with her husband and 15-year-old son in the Oshiwara area. Her husband went to his native place in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. According to the woman’s statement, the man had been following her for the past month, and would pass obscene remarks, which she ignored.

The incident took place on Monday around 8.30pm, when the woman had stepped out to buy some vegetables near her residence. The accused then grabbed her, and brandishing two knives, threatened her of dire consequences.

“The accused was carrying two knives. He held one against the woman’s neck and the other against her stomach. He then dragged her to a shop nearby and pulled down the shutter,” a police officer said. “The woman was screaming, so the locals, including a few women, gathered there and forced open the shutter.”

The man then threatened the locals with the knives, but was met with an angry retaliation, when the locals started pelting him with stones. The angry attack from the locals forced the man to flee from the spot.

After the incident, another woman came forward and registered a complaint against the accused, who is reportedly an alcoholic. The woman said in her complaint that the man had sexually assaulted her a day ago, but she was scared to approach the police.

“We have arrested the accused under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506(ii) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code,” said Subhash Vele, senior inspector at Oshiwara police station.

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